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Friday, December 20, 2013

Day 73 - Friday

Have a Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holiday!!! Enjoy the Winter Break and see you all next year!

U.S. History II  - Period 1: 
Essential Questions:

-Was it possible for the U.S.A. to maintain neutrality in World War I?
-Should the United States fight wars to make the world safe for democracy?
-Was the treaty of Versailles a fair and settlement for lasting world peace?

1. In small groups please review the World War I American Propaganda Posters, pick ONE, and then complete the World War I Poster Analysis

2. Read and review American Propaganda - Who, What, Why? and then let's decide if the American Government manipulated the minds of Americans during World War I? Was this justified?

3. Homefront short video to help introduce and clarify. We will probably get to on Friday.

Analyzing a Political Cartoons:

Image: A 1917 Political poster depicting U.S. industry as a mule kicking "Kaiserism," 
"Pacificism," and "Hard Times" by Morris. From the Library of Congress

B. File:The American War-Dog by Oscar Cesare 1916.jpg
The American War-Dog, a 1916 political cartoon by Oscar Cesare, with the dog named 'Jingo'

World War I Resources:
World War I  Background - A PBS Special and in-depth study of "The Great War"
World War I - Everything you need to know and one of the BEST WEB RESOURCES!
America Enters the War - Office of the Historian -
American in World War I - A very complete study and great outline explaining in chronological order our history in The Great War.
U.S. in World War I - Good visuals and easy to follow study.

World War I - Long video, but INCREDIBLE storytelling!  You will not be able to watch in one sitting, but over the course of a few days or a weekend, this would be the one to watch!

Crash Course: John Green "American in World War I"


1. Relax and Enjoy the Easter Break - World War I Ending and Treaty of Versailles when you get back!
U.S. HISTORY I - Periods 4, 5, and 6:
Essential Questions:

-Does state or federal government have a greater impact in our lives?
-Is a strong federal system the most effective government for the United States? Which level of government, federal or state, can best solve our nation's problems? 
-Was George Washington a good president?

Themes: State Rights vs. National Government, Strict Interpretation vs. Loose Interpretation, George Washington and his Cabinet,

1. Please make sure you have DOWNLOADED the Nationalism and Economic Development packet as we will work on this after the Winter Break.

2. Transportation Revolution

3. The Presidents Video from The History Channel on "James Monroe and John Quincy Adams" Please use your Themes 1820-1860 packet to complete the video questions.

James Monroe Video

John Quincy Adams

1. Relax and Enjoy your Winter Break.  President Andrew Jackson when you get back!

International Studies - Period 3 
Essential Questions:
1. How do we think about POWER in the 21st Century?

2. How do we define our interest as a country?

3. What is "hard power" and "soft power" capability and how does it impact foreign policy?

4. How is power distributed?

Themes Taliban Operations, Middle East Foreign Policy, Global cooperation/Global Diplomacy, Soft Power, Hard Power, Afghanistan War, Pakistan, Al-Qaeda Operations

1.  We should finish The Road to 9/11 and any questions you have on the Middle East rise to contemporary fundamentalist ideas, especially jihadism. 

2. Why does National Security become an important concept in the world prior to 9/11? What is National Security?  What does National Security look like world-wide?  We will brainstorm ideas on what "National Security" means and what/who would be involved.

1. Relax and Enjoy your Winter Break, but please remember that when you get back we have our National Security and Terrorism Project to begin.

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